ENERGY

Oil- and gas-producing states, such as Alaska and Louisiana, have been pocketing a windfall. But stabilizing crude prices could mean falling revenues.

HEALTH CARE

Double-digit hikes in drug spending and overall medical costs are socking it to budgets across the country; Texas and Ohio have been hard hit.

WELFARE

The slowdown could push many workers and their families back onto public assistance, particularly in hard-hit industrial states like Ohio and Wisconsin.

EDUCATION

States with booming populations, such as Florida and Colorado, have little choice but to keep boosting spending on K-12 programs.

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